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38 Rocky Balboa Quotes And Motivational Speeches About Life

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From nothing to something, Rocky Balboa is one of the most inspirational and famous characters of all time

It begins with he first Rocky movie and goes into the last Creed franchise film, Rocky provides gems of inspiration in all his appearances. 

You first get to know this underdog boxer that doesn't look that smart but sure has got a lot of heart and determination. He shocks the world by going the distance in a fight with the champ Apollo Creed. 

The first movie is an inspirational masterpiece by itself. In all other movies Rocky evolves and faces new challenges that develop Stallone's character to new heights, and they all provide great inspirational lessons about life. 
  • Rocky II it's the confirmation that Rocky is no bump!
  • Rocky III you see the ups and downs of fame and how you can lose everything. You have to go through hell to win all back.
  • Rocky IV it's all about that patriotic feeling and winning against all odds.
  • Rocky V you see Stallone in a first try of being a mentor, with things not going that well, and losing trust with his son. 
  • Rocky VI it's a comeback from a old fighter and his struggles with age, including the loss of his dear wife Adrian. 
  • Creed I again Rocky turns into a mentor this time successfully. 
  • Creed II plays the nostalgic button taking us back to Rocky IV, but also with Rocky dealing with disease and struggling with it..  
Eight movies and great moments. Rocky goes from being a fighter in the ring to being a fighter in life battles. Things don't get easier, it's Rocky that get's tougher! 

To provide you with further inspiration, we've collected the best Rocky quotes from all movies. Enjoy! 

38 Rocky Balboa Quotes And Motivational Speeches About Life


Rocky Quotes 


1. “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.” - Rocky Balboa


Rocky Balboa Quotes: "Every once in awhile a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream." - Rocky Balboa
2. "Every once in awhile a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream." - Rocky Balboa

3. “Until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.” - Rocky Balboa

4. "Fear is a fighter's best friend. You know, but it ain't nothing to be ashamed of. See, fear keeps you sharp, it keeps you awake, you know, it makes you want to survive." - Rocky Balboa

5. “Ya know, they always say if you live in one place long enough, you are that place.” - Rocky Balboa

6. " It's your right to listen to your gut, it ain't nobody's right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!" - Rocky Balboa

7. "You can't learn anything when you're talking. That's a fact of life. As long as you're talking, you're not listening." - Rocky Balboa

8. "Nobody owes nobody nothing. You owe yourself." - Rocky Balboa

9. " I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance." - Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa Quotes: “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.” - Rocky Balboa
10. “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.” - Rocky Balboa

11. "Mick used to say the only difference between a hero and a coward is the hero's willing to go for it." - Rocky Balboa

12. "If you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you?" - Rocky Balboa

13. “To beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. He’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me and to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself.” - Rocky Balboa

14. "Tomorrow. Let's do it tomorrow." - Rocky Balboa
"There is no tomorrow! THERE IS NO TOMORROW! THERE IS NO TOMORROW!" - Apollo Creed 

15. "What's crazy about standing toe to toe and saying "I am"?" - Rocky Balboa

16. "...if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood." - Rocky Balboa 

17. "You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it." - Rocky Balboa

18, “If this is something you wanna do, and if this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.” - Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa Quotes: "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” - Rocky Balboa
19. "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” - Rocky Balboa

20. “If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.” - Rocky Balboa

21. "Friends don't owe! They do because they wanna do." - Rocky Balboa

22. "The older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that's life. The only thing I'm asking you guys to leave on the table... is what's right." - Rocky Balboa

23. "Time takes everybody out. Time is undefeated." - Rocky Balboa

24. "So, when I see you having all these things that I didn't have, I, like, live through your eyes. I enjoy it a little bit. It's like having it all over again." - Rocky Balboa

25. “No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he’s gotta be willing to die himself and I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know, I don’t know.” - Rocky Balboa

26. "You always did everything the way you wanted it. And I didn't understand that, but now I understand. I'll never forget you, Apollo. You're the best." - Rocky Balboa

27. "Bring back everything that’s ever hurt you, all the pain you had inside. They don’t know what we’ve been through. You belong here!" - Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa Quotes: “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” - Rocky Balboa
28. “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” - Rocky Balboa

29. "Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are!” - Rocky Balboa

30. “Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.” - Rocky Balboa

31. “She’s got gaps. I got gaps. Together, we fill gaps.” - Rocky Balboa


32. "You see this guy staring back at you? That’s your toughest opponent. I believe that’s true in the ring and I think that’s true in life." - Rocky Balboa

33. "Listen, you want to change things in a big way, then you need to make some big changes." - Rocky Balboa

34. “I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but i succeed because i keep going, and going, and going!” - Rocky Balboa



Rocky Balboa Quotes: "You know, I think you try harder when you're scared... that's when it's worked best for me." - Rocky Balboa
35. "You know, I think you try harder when you're scared... that's when it's worked best for me." - Rocky Balboa

Rocky Motivational Speeches


After the quotes come, the speeches. Enjoy these powerful moments. 



36. “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”Rocky Balboa

37. “Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”Rocky Balboa

38. “No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he’s gotta be willing to die himself and I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know, I don’t know.”Rocky Balboa

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